Cross-Context Ontology Reasoning Environment (CrossCORE)

Period of Performance: 12/23/2011 - 12/23/2013


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator


Advanced Army command and control (C2) technologies are becoming ever more present in today’s wars, enabling Commanders at all levels to have a greater understanding of the battlefield. However, current C2 technology does not actively measure, define, or represent the Commander’s “contextual framework”, which can lead to a failure by Commanders and supporting teams to access important contextual information over time. To fill this gap, Aptima, proposes to develop the Cross-Context Ontology Reasoning Environment (CrossCORE), an agent-based cross-platform server for defining, measuring, and managing a Commander’s contextual information within C2 networks. CrossCORE leverages and expands upon Aptima’s context representation research, and formally encapsulates contextual elements into a schema housed within intelligent agents. A unique aspect of this approach is an implicit model that measures Commander interactions with a C2 system to make inferences about activities and goals that provide key inputs to the CrossCORE contextual representation. The CrossCORE agents mediate the flow of C2 data by acting in response to critical contextual information, adding saliency to particular elements of interest on the common operating picture, and collaborating with other CrossCORE agents to support the information needs of multiple levels of Commanders.